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Gotta throw ARB some love for their bumpers...

ARB doesn't get a lot of attention here since most of us are into crawling and they are targeting the overlanding/expedition crowd. Since my 4-door fits that description I recently bought one of their full-width rear bumpers. The price was reasonable and once I had it in hand, I have to say I am pretty damn impressed with this piece for what it is.

Rather than welding up flat plate, the ARB uses a combination of stamped/press brake formed sheet metal that appears to be about 1/8, and a substructure that is a combination of thicker plate and tubing in places. Similar to the AEV front bumper but a lot lighter and less expensive. In this case the mounting and recovery brackets are beefy plate and internally a tube wraps around from them to the rear corners, with supports along the way including doubling up the plate where the high lift holes are. The result is really clean lines externally that integrate almost perfectly with the Jeep while still being seriously strong, and ending up a lot lighter. The bumper weighs about 75 pounds, not bad for full-width steel. ARB claims a net weight increase of 40 pounds but they are on crack, as the factory rear bumper and recovery hook combined weigh 20 pounds.

I just had to throw some love to ARB since they are cranking out some smart engineering at reasonable prices for those who need full-width expedition style stuff.

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